My husband Reg is saving me from death by embarrassing typo today as I'm week two into a bad head cold.
I've chosen to play with images to distract myself from how I'm feeling. Chicken soup, eaten while at the computer, for dinner will help keep me working. Now that is both traditional food for the ill and modern workaholic living combined.
This image reminds me so much of a 1940's era kitchen. The girl's Petter Pan collar and the hairstyles, makes me think that this photo might have been taken in the 1950s.
Chicken soup, or chicken broth, has been hailed as a remedy for centuries. I'll bet that even Napoleon had chicken, or chicken noodle soup when he had a bout of man flu.
Is its curative powers an old wives’ tale?
Modern science has studied the chicken soup cure phenomenon to find out if old wisdom holds true under the scrutiny of current research.
Ancient Greek physicians and philosophers believed chicken soup cured everything from bed wetting to leprosy. Doctor Stephen Rennard researched the curative powers of chicken soup in the early 1990s, based on his grandmother’s recipe.
His findings were:
His grandma’s chicken soup had the ability to decrease mucous production and reduce inflammation.
Besides boosting immune system function and helping with sickness symptoms, chicken broth had several other reported health benefits:
Today's scientists have not come up with a better explanation for chicken broth's reputation as a cure-all. Nutritionist believe that that gelatine is rich in amino acids. Also, consuming warm liquids assist in relieving sinus pressure.
Adding garlic to the chicken broth helps reduce respiratory illness symptoms and helps boost the immune system. Ginger is a digestive aid that helps settle tummy upsets. Carrots and onions are rich in antioxidants, and chicken contains compounds that loosen mucous congestion. Green chile and hot peppers help relieve stuffy sinuses. Finally, being served an aromatic easy to swallow and digest meal by a loved one when you feel ghastly. is nothing short of magic in its ability to lift your spirits and get the auto-immune system up and working to try and beat that what ails you.
This blog writer is author and artist Ryn Shell, creator of stories go crime, mystery, suspense, coming-of-age, love and Australia.
As for a recipe, I don't use one. The chicken is an essential. I buy a free-range boiler or chicken as that gives the best flavour. My garden supplies the rest, and it is whatever is in season; onions, garlic and or shallots are an essential. Celery if you have it, then add green and root vegetables, along with fresh herbs added to the pot. I'll add a good handful of wholegrain rice or barley. Alternatively, you can add noodles or serve the broth with fresh baked multi-grain bread.
Always keep some chicken soup on hand in the freezer. Mixing the best of past heritage with modern convenience is my idea of perfect living. A kitchen garden is one of the best parts of history to preserve and bring into the present. I rent an extra block of land alongside my home. It gives me both a noise buffer and self-sufficient living. I grow enough fruit and vegetables to feed two adults, and such of it is used to make chicken soup.
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